Maybe it’s because the days are starting to get a little longer, or maybe it’s just because I’ve got the house to myself for the first time in months, but I’ve gone into spring cleaning mode.
As well as improving and styling my home, I have to admit I also love spending time cleaning and tidying the house too. During these particularly anxious and stressful times, I’ve found a lot of comfort in completing these everyday tasks around the place.
But, as I’m sure you will understand, while I am cleaning, I am also extremely conscious of which products I use, how they are made and what goes into them. So, I wanted to share with you three inspiring Nordic brands I can always rely on to get any cleaning job done while still looking after the planet.
Humdakin for cleaning and laundry products
Humdakin have so many great conscious cleaning and laundry products to choose from, all with an ecological and allergy friendly approach.
Located in Aarhus, Humdakin was set up by Camilla Schram, who has a background in cleaning in 2016. Every product contains native Nordic natural ingredients, including sea buckthorn, chamomile and salvia as well as being completely free of parabens, dyes, essential oils, chemical perfumes, endocrine disrupting substances and carcinogens.
My personal favourites include the Universal Cleaner, which when mixed with water in a spray bottle, is my go-to for juice spills, sticky handprints or muddy paw marks around the house. It is also great at keeping bacteria at bay and smells lovely too.
I’m also a huge fan of the Humdakin Dish Soap as it tackles every greasy pan and dirty chopping board with ease and still doesn’t dry out my hands. I also usually light one of their gorgeous, scented candles while washing up too, which are made from a non-toxic and biodegradable wax blend to remove any cooking smells and end the day on a relaxing note.
The Organic Company for towels and cloths
Regular readers, as well as followers on Instagram, will know I’ve been investing in products from The Organic Company for some time now. Yes, I am that person who brings towels and wash cloths home from their Danish holidays.
Founded in 2007 by Joy Vasiljev, all Organic Company products are made from GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton, which guarantees that all fabrics are free from toxins and heavy metals, and international workers’ rights are respected.
Whether it’s a Big Waffle cloth, perfect for wiping surfaces and dirty faces, the Giant kitchen Towel, which doubles up as a handy wrap-around apron, or the super soft Calm Hand Towels adding a little luxury to the downstairs loo, they are all hard-working pieces that wash really well and stand up to everything family life throws at them.
Iris Hantverk for brooms and brushes
After using the Dish Brush and Nail Brush for a while, at the start of the first lockdown I treated myself to an Iris Hantverk Dustpan and Brush Set as I knew my wooden floors were facing a tough time ahead. Safe to say it’s been a very worthwhile investment and continues to be used several times a day.
This incredible Stockholm based company was founded in 1870 but has been run since 2012 by former employees Richard Sparrenhök and Sara Edhäll. Both mortgaged their homes to buy Iris Hantverk from the former owner when government support was withdrawn. It’s thanks to them that the business was saved. But what makes this personal leap of faith even more important is that they have guaranteed the futures of the visually impaired craftsmen that sensitively make every oak, beach and birch brush by hand.
While keeping the house clean may not be everyone’s idea of fun, I hope these three conscious cleaning brands prove that being house proud isn’t just about the elbow grease.
The Organic Company and Humdakin kindly gifted the products featured in this post, but as always, all words and opinions are my own.
All images by Nicola Capper.